Oxford Police Station under renovation
In May 2018, City Administration Offices moved to the new Oxford Municipal Building at 15 South College Avenue leaving the Municipal Building at 101 East High Street to be renovated into a new upgraded Oxford Police Station. The former Municipal building was built in 1939. The 1939 building is considered neoclassical architectural style by the City’s 2018 Inventory. The HAPC deemed it a historic building because it is over 50 years old and its architectural style and civic value contribute to the overall Uptown Historic District. Some prominent features are the solid masonry structure, two-story front portico and the many arched windows. The current renovation will keep the historic charm of the brick building, including restoring the cupola to its 1939 state, while updating the Oxford Police Station into a state-of-the-art public safety facility.
The renovation of the new police station will include energy efficient utilities (HVAC, lighting, and water heater) and all floors will be handicap accessible via wider hallways, doorways and a new elevator. New interview rooms are being constructed including a ”soft” interview room allowing a welcoming environment when meeting with witnesses and victims of crime. A state-of-the-art training room will host up to 24 officers at one time and can also be used for meeting space. There will also be a dedicated lobby area for officers to meet with members of the public to discuss police matters. In addition, the conference room will be used for command staff meetings and can double as a space for emergency operations during a large scale event.
The renovation will take place in two phases: Phase One will be the renovation of the 1st and 2nd floors to be complete by the 2nd quarter of 2019. Once complete, Phase Two begins when Police personnel will move to the 1st and 2nd floors while the basement and Dispatch and Command Center are all renovated and a sally port added. The second phase is expected to be complete by July 2019.